Welcome to the 2019-20 Robinson Wellness E-News!
You can check here for all school health and wellness committee activities,
announcements and updates! ~Christie Camizzi, BSN, RN
1. Germ Control
2. Staying Home During Illness
3. Childhood Obesity
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Happy Fall, Razorbacks! Just a reminder that it is a great idea to have your child immunized against the flu virus. Once simple vaccine goes a long way to help keep your child healthy throughout the fall and winter months. Also, remind your child at home to wash hands frequently and I will also reinforce those habits here at school. We can't keep all illness away from school but we can all do our part to minimize the impact germs make on our student population as a whole.
Staying Home During Illness
I know that students and parents feel a lot of pressure to keep their kids at school due to class demands and work schedules; however, remember the Plano ISD policies about keeping your student at home. Following these guidelines protects ALL staff and students. This includes:
a)Temperature of 100 ° or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry
b) Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw
c) Undetermined rash over any part of the body
d) Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp
e) Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Student must be symptom free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry
f) Red, draining eyes
g) Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection
h) Open draining lesions that cannot be covered and contained
j) Persons who exhibit these or other signs of communicable disease as outlined by local health authorities in the presence of a specific disease alert.
Written by Andjelka Pavlovic, PhD
Childhood obesity continues to be one of the greatest health threats to kids and teens across the country. In the United States, approximately 1 in 5 youth ages 6 – 19 is obese, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.One of the leading causes of childhood obesity is a sedentary lifestyle devoid of physical activity. While technological advancements make our lives more comfortable, they also encourage less physical activity and promote more screen time with TVs, tablets and computers. Too much screen time can be detrimental to the overall physical health and emotional well-being of our youth.
Along with physical inactivity, poor diets are also strongly associated with childhood obesity rates. High-calorie, nutrient-deficient meals and snacks and an abundance of drinks loaded with added sugar are causing our youth to pack on the pounds. An unhealthy body mass index and poor cardiorespiratory fitness is a recipe for health risks that can lead to serious problems as adults.
It’s a fact: Obese children are at greater risk of becoming obese adults.
Obesity at any age is a problem. As adults though, it can lead to the development of numerous chronic and potentially life-shortening health conditions such as Type II Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer, to name a few. Identifying modifiable risk factors for the prevention of childhood obesity is of utmost importance.
Listen to MomResearch shows that mothers are the dominant influencers of a child’s lifestyle choices. One recent study sought to examine the relationship between mothers’ lifestyle factors (e.g. healthy body mass index, participation in regular physical activity, smoking status, etc.) and their child’s risk of developing obesity. Approximately 17,000 mothers and 24,000 children participated in the study, which showed that the incidence of obesity in the child was significantly lower when mothers:
- maintained a healthy body mass index of 18.5-24.9 kg/m2 (56% reduction in risk)
- engaged in at least 150 min/week of moderate/vigorous physical activities (21% reduction in risk)
- did not smoke (31% reduction in risk)
- consumed alcohol in moderation (1.0-14.9 g/day; 12% reduction in risk)
The study concluded that mothers who adhere to a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of obesity in their children. Additionally, when both mothers and children follow a healthy lifestyle, the risk of obesity in children is reduced even further.
Parents Hold the PowerSo what does all of this mean? As parents, it is important to establish healthy lifestyle choices in the home to help prevent childhood obesity in the first place:
- Live a physically active life through exercise, chores, and movement throughout the day.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Do not smoke or vape tobacco products.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
- Eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.
- Dhana, K., Haines, J. Liu, G., Zhang, C., Wang, X., Field, A.E., Chavarro, J.E., & Sun, Q. (2018). Association between maternal adherence to healthy lifestyle practices and risk of obesity in offspring: results from two prospective cohort studies of mother-child pairs in the United States. BMJ, 362, 1 – 12.
- Ogden, C.L., Carroll, M.D., Lawman, H.G., et al. (2016) Trends in obesity prevalence among children and adolescents in the United States, 1988-1994 through 2013-2014. JAMA 315, 2292 – 2299.